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Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

Crescendo (Hush, Hush)Nora Grey should be happy. She’s alive and has her own guardian angel, one who’s gorgeous and incredibly alluring. But something’s wrong. Her seemingly perfect relationship with Patch is strained when Patch starts hanging out with the hated Marcie Millar, the reappearance of Scott Parnell, a childhood acquaintance, is frustrating to say the least, and Nora keeps seeing her murdered father everywhere. Nora doesn’t know who to trust anymore, but she’s determined to uncover the secrets her life seems to have been built on, secrets surrounding everyone she knows—and with the potential to put her life in danger once again.

With a debut like Hush, Hush, it would be very difficult to follow up with something even better, and while Fitzpatrick did not flounder horribly, she did not perform magnificently either. Crescendo is certainly an exciting and worthwhile read, but it did not grab me the same was that its prequel did. I quite enjoyed the introduction of new and interesting characters, such as Scott, and well as the development of old characters, like Patch and Rixon. The story was for the most part well paced and full of good plot twists, even if I could often guess ahead. My main frustration with Crescendo, though, was protagonist Nora. Throughout the entire book, her emotions were understandably conflicted but to a point where it got to be a bit annoying. Furthermore, it was a little strange when Nora so quickly neglected her own safety when she thought she saw her dead father, despite everything she knows about the mind tricks that fallen angels and nephilim can play. Overall, though, Crescendo is a satisfactory sequel to Hush, Hush and ends in such a way that I can’t help but be impatient for the next installment of the story.

Fans of Hush, Hush will not want to miss its sequel Crescendo, nor will fans of Fallen by Lauren Kate, Unearthly by Cynthia Hand, and the Blue Bloods series by Melissa de la Cruz.

Rating: 4.0

Review copy from PTA Reviewer Rewards

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Michelle said...

Nora was crazy to say the least. I mean, she had reason to be frustrated with Patch but the constant screaming fits were too much. I was also bothered by the lack of actual conversation exhibited between Patch and Nora. They never talked and when they did it was nothing of substance. I felt that so much could have been solved and avoided had Patch said something but he chose to keep to himself which I just couldn't justify. I know why he was quiet for plot purposes but as a character I don't see why he'd rather let things escalate to a point that could have been avoided.

Whew that's a lot of talking from me. ;) This series is exciting to read but the characters rub me the wrong way a lot of the time.

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